The paradox of strategy in leadership roles

Devika Kapur August 2020, Webinars Leave a Comment

A leader must be able to create long term success, rather than over a short burst of ideas. This refers to their ability to strategically approach the task ahead. To be able to do that efficiently, the individual must have a good read on the scale ranging from risking on one end to analyzing pitfalls in the other. Risking refers to an individual’s ability to feel comfortable in a venture that includes uncertain results. Whereas, analyzing pitfalls allows for them to scrutinize mishaps and prepare for them in advance.

Impulsive leaders are willing to take a risk and not look at what could go wrong, which would result in them being seen as someone who makes split decisions without thinking them through. Cautious leaders give too much importance to every aspect that could go wrong within the idea that they end up missing opportunities that would help them innovate. Mindful courage would be the ideal mindset for a leader as it includes the ability to take risks, all the while observing and accounting for the factors that could cause problems, therefore taking a calculated risk. Finally, cautious inattention occurs when the individual is not paying attention to the changes factors and is so cautious that it dos not result in a mindful decision to be made.

In the video, Mr. David Klaasen takes you through the four different types of strategy paradoxical leaders and gives you a case study from Harrison that shows a high risk taker and low on analyzing pitfalls. He also explains how the lack of one factor could cause high amounts of stress on the leader and disarm his cognitive decision-making abilities. Along with this, the change in mindset that would occur is also explored with real life examples to be able to relate to.

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